About Jen Watson

I’m Jen Watson, a proud Canadian, been married to my best friend for 18 years, and we have a 16 year old son. I have a passion for reading, singing, writing (I hope to be an author someday) and I currently work in a public library. Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, PCOS, Complex PTSD and Anxiety disorders, I created the Pain Warrior as a place to share my thoughts and my journey with pain. On my blog you’ll find out about what it’s like to live with chronic pain, chronic illness and mental illness.

Medistik – Product Review & Giveaway

My journey with Medistik began 2 years ago when a Nurse Practitioner recommended it me. She had discovered it at her chiropractor's office after a back injury. She said it made such a difference in her recovery. I had never heard of it before, but was desperate for pain relief. I'd been using other topical products with no success so I thought I would give it a try and I've [...]

By | 2017-08-09T11:28:11+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Reviews|5 Comments

In Sickness and in Health- Marriage and Chronic Illness

No one signs up for chronic pain, (at least I wouldn't think anyone would). Nevertheless chronic pain showed up in my life nearly 14 years ago. It showed up and has impacted every area of my life including my marriage. At the altar on the day of the wedding most couples repeat the vows "in sickness and in health". A promise to be there for each other no matter the circumstances, but [...]

By | 2017-06-19T22:54:53+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Chronic Pain|0 Comments

Dear Jen- Perseverance- Pep Talk Needed

Dear Jen, I know what you're thinking. Well, of course I do because I'm you. You're thinking that life is too hard, that the pain is too much and that you feel beaten down by this flare. You're running out of steam, out of motivation and out of  - for lack of a better work "zest". We've been here many times before. And we give in to those feelings. We [...]

By | 2017-06-19T23:06:19+00:00 April 9th, 2017|Chronic Pain|0 Comments

50 Ways to Take a Break

Everyone needs a break, I know I need many throughout the day, and this graphic is so great! Here are a few of my favourites pictured: Colour with crayons Read or watch something funny. (Thank God for Big Bang Theory) Take a bath Light a candle (or many candles, just don't leave them unattended) Call a friend. -thank you Rebecca, Alan, Adrienne and Hilary Find a relaxing scent. For me [...]

By | 2017-06-19T23:16:56+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Self-care|0 Comments

Disappointing Doctor’s Visit

I think we've all been there. Even those without a chronic illness. We've all had at least one-(I've had many) A disappointing doctor's visit. I'm always a bundle of nerves when it comes to going to the doctor. You'd think that with all the experience I've had with them I'd be cool as a cucumber. But starting the day before I see one I am already fretting. I always prepare. [...]

By | 2017-06-19T23:30:55+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Chronic Pain, Self-care|0 Comments

Parenting in Pain

My son was three when the pain started. I'd always been an actively involved parent. I took pride in my parenting. Sitting on the floor playing games with him, reading stories with him on my lap. Going for walks, taking him to Gymboree classes.  And suddenly that needed to stop. I could barely walk and I was in agony most of the time. I went through a barrage of doctors all [...]

By | 2017-06-19T23:43:00+00:00 March 27th, 2017|Chronic Pain|0 Comments

Motivation? What’s That?

Motivation? What's that? I haven't been writing for some time, I just haven't felt inspired. Not inspired to write, not really inspired to do anything. I know what you're thinking, what happened to all that motivation and zest from the beginning of the year? And the truth is I have no idea. I guess it happens to the best of us. We find ourselves suddenly stagnant, no longer moving forward. [...]

By | 2017-06-19T23:53:01+00:00 March 25th, 2017|Self-care|0 Comments

Out and About

Dear Future Jen We're out and about today. Doing one of our favourite things. Meeting a friend for coffee. It takes so much courage to walk out the front door, even when I'm going to see someone I care a lot about.  If there is one thing I'm learning it's that anxiety doesn't make any sense at all. And I can't seem to control it. It's always there, ever persistent, [...]

By | 2017-06-19T23:53:14+00:00 February 10th, 2017|Chronic Pain|0 Comments

Reaching Out

Why is it so hard to reach out and ask for help? Is it something to do with the western culture? Is it supposed to look like we can have a million balls in the air, and that we're managing them all to perfection oh and if you're a woman you also have to look beautiful while doing it. I don't get it. I'm tired of it. I'm not managing [...]

By | 2017-06-20T00:02:45+00:00 January 27th, 2017|PTSD|0 Comments

Bell Let’s Talk Day -January 25th 2017

  Tomorrow is January 25th 2017 and all around Canada people will be participating in different mental health initiatives to raise awareness and end the stigma of mental illness. It's called Bell Let's Talk day. So let's talk... If you're new to the blog, you might not know that I suffer from a few mental illnesses. I have depression, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and [...]

By | 2017-06-20T00:12:12+00:00 January 24th, 2017|Mental Health, PTSD, Self-care|0 Comments